“As part of Black History Month, it is important to correct Black history,” ABC News anchor Linsey Davis said during the film’s introduction. “This is a story we need to get right and the filmmakers and cast do just that.”
Reps. Maxine Waters and Bobby Rush followed Davis with remarks about Holiday’s cultural, political and social impact. Lee Daniels’ film highlights the government’s targeting of Holiday, played by Andra Day, and presents the jazz icon as a trailblazer.
“Many people have heard about her elegance, her music and her incredible talent, but many do not really know the kind of life Billie Holiday lived that was rooted in perseverance and courage,” Waters said.
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday